Did You Know? Sustainable Weston Action Group News and Views
It’s hard to believe but Sustainable Weston Action Group has just turned four. Yes, this hard-working group with its awesome acronym of SWAG has been helping educate and engage residents on local sustainability issues for quite some time, and with quite some great results. For example, because of SWAG, Weston has a Town Sustainability Committee. This Committee, formed in the fall of 2018, ensures sustainability issues and opportunities in Weston are proactively addressed and managed. We are, as a town, “doing better.”
Sadly, our most fantastic Sustainability Coordinator has moved on from Weston to Worcester (maybe it was an alphabetical choice?) sometime this summer. Why did no one tell the Owl that Kortni Wroten had left the building? That’s a bit of a loss, Weston, as she was getting much done. Hope we can find another superhero for that role (update 10:45 am. The Owl has been informed that we DO have a new superhero starting Monday, October 24–stay tuned for that introduction). By the way, no one told me Steve Fogg, town engineer, was leaving as well. Folks, help me out here. Otherwise I will be forced to make stuff up as usual.
Anyway, enough berating, let’s move on to SWAG’s successes, as noted on their website:
To date, SWAG has:
- Campaigned to increase awareness of Weston’s gas leaks through an independent audit
- Organized five annual Town-Wide Clean Ups
- Worked with the Sustainability Committee to bring Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) to Weston
- Helped establish the WPPA to address pollinator and habitat concerns
- Supported Town efforts to encourage residents to compost and reduce waste
- Provided input to Weston’s Climate Action Toolkit for Homeowners and Climate Action and Resilience Plan
- Engaged and educated residents by publishing articles and hosting presentations, films and other public events
- Collaborated with Town officials, departments, schools and other organizations on sustainability issues
And they have a super-fine newsletter you can subscribe to here. They scooped me on the Pumpkin Smash, which is a favorite event including porkers and pumpkins–now sponsored by the WCCA, SWAG and Mothers Out Front. Makes me want to get more pumpkins just so I can smash them.
The latest SWAG newsletter can be found here, and there is much more to learn — re-greening Sunset Corner, a pilot composting program at the schools, and other goodies. Thanks for all the hard work, SWAG, it is much appreciated!